Core Mentors

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Melonie Davis MA, NCC, LCMHC-A

I am a Licensed Counselor in the state of NC. I am a mother to a 12-year-old son. I have committed myself  to involvement with volunteer work in countless community settings that focus on the development of black youth.  I have made it a priority to dedicate my time and effort to advocacy, mentorship, and service. Over the years one of the most important lessons that has helped to shape me, is the power of encouraging others. I believe that by others merely seeing you striving to succeed, it will automatically encourage them to strive for success in their own life. I believe that selflessly and effectively assisting others in order to make a positive difference in someone’s life is the cornerstone of leadership. Therefore, I strive to devote my life to service in order to make a positive impact on the lives of those I encounter, especially Black girls. 

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Tina Cox

I am Tina Cox an entrepreneur with experience in sales, real estate investing and the hospitality industry but my first love is science! I obtained my B.S. in Chemistry from Winston Salem State University and continued my studies at Howard University in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I enjoy mentoring young black girls because I understand the importance of representation and the positive impact it can have in our community. Knowing that we can be whatever we cannot to be matters! Having a tribe that supported and guided me made a tremendous difference in my life. This organization provides me the opportunity to be part of a tribe that pushes black girls forward and I will do just that!

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Demetria Davis

CEO of Vybranium Tech, a consulting firm in the medical EHR (electronic health records) industry. “Being a mentor at PBGF has been one of my most rewarding experiences because it allows the opportunity to demonstrate that Black women can thrive in the tech industry. PBGF provides the opportunity to teach girls both to code and read code for any sector in technology. Mentorship is a catalyst for creating access and PBGF provides the platform for black girls to have that access where they otherwise may not have. I look forward to continuing to make groundbreaking strides in the community in collaboration with PBGF.

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Ashleigh Greene, Esq.

“Young black girls are capable of being and doing anything. The key is exposure, and this is why I enjoy being a mentor for PBGF. It allows me to expose black girls to one possibility in a world with many options. Having access is often a key to moving forward and being a mentor with this wonderful organization allows me to give these young girls access and to be that bridge in the gap.”

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Crystal Pellom MA, LCMHC

Pushing Black Girls Forward has been a wonderful experience. My mentee and I really got a chance to develop, what we believe, is a lasting relationship.  At first, I was nervous, concerned about having to have all the right answers or having to present perfectly; but what I quickly learned is mentorship is a much more of a reciprocal process than some might think. PBGF promotes self-discovery.  I learned just as much about myself working alongside my mentee, as my mentee had the chance to enhance her self-awareness. In our time together we were able to discuss social influences, educational and career options, and develop habits that encourage a positive self-image. What I soon realized is that to be a good mentor you don't have to have all the answers, what you do have to have is commitment. By committing to being there for my mentee, she was reassured someone cared, someone wanted to listen, and someone valued her. Being that someone meant just as much to me as it did to her.

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Kimberlee Cox-Benjamin, M.S. Ed.

I am an educator, published author and the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Elizabeth Foster Academy, Inc, a non-profit organization designed to support literacy efforts in underserved communities both locally and internationally. I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in African and Afro-American Studies.  I received a Master of Science in Education (Summa Cum Laude) with a specialization in Early Childhood Education from Capella University. “Being a mentor to young ladies of Pushing Black Girls Forward has given me the opportunity to help increase the confidence level in each girl’s academic performance, prepare for college admission and provide messages of empowerment to help unleash each mentee’s full potential. As Steven Spielberg affirmed, “The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” Through a shared partnership with PBGF, I will continue to provide our youth with unique opportunities to learn through countless possibilities and ceaseless support.” 

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